Movement For Justice (MFJ) Demands Immediate Extradition Of Naira Marley From UK Over Mohbad's Death
A coalition of revolutionary civil society organisations under the umbrella of Movement For Justice (MFJ) has demanded the immediate extradition and arrest of Nigerian musician Azeez Adeshina Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, from the United Kingdom over the death of the fast-rising singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.
The coalition made the demand in a statement jointly signed by its Co-Conveners, Ayo Ademiluyi and Ayoyinka Oni, Secretary, Fidel Davynovich and Publicity Secretary, Francis Nwapa.
The movement which expressed support for the mass protests and candlelight processions held nationwide and globally over Mohbads death, called for more mass actions until victory of justice was achieved for the late singer.
We call for mass actions to take place outside the premises of the Coroner's Inquest to demand justice for his untimely death.
We are worried that Mohbads persecutors and bullies have links to the Nigerian state going by videos and pictures on social media which show Sam Larry and Naira Marley in the company of the Lagos State Governor, (Babajide) Sanwo-Olu and even President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the coalition said.
It further stated, While we welcome the arrest of Sam Larry, we unequivocally call for the extradition and arrest of Naira Marley within 48 hours by the Nigeria Police Force, failing which we will be left with no choice than to kickstart marathon nationwide mass actions.
The group further noted, We are also not optimistic that the Nigeria Police can be trusted in investigating Mohbad's death. In fact, the dispersal of mourners at the Lekki Toll Gate of #JusticeforMohbad
by officers of the Nigeria Police is condemnable.
We are of the view that the Nigeria Police has not changed its attitude to peaceful protests after the ugly event of the Lekki Massacre of 20th October, 2020 and the brutality that led to the #EndSARS
protests in the first place. We hereby give notice that we will take legal action against this unwholesome attack on our fundamental rights.
We also want to place on record that we will mark the Memorial Anniversary of the Lekki Massacre on 20th October, 2023 at the Lekki Toll Gate. No Jupiter will be able to stop us!
We will constitute, after consultations with all stakeholders, an Independent Panel of Inquiry comprising youth organizations, civil society organisations, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Medical Association and other progressive platforms to look into all the issues surrounding his (Mohbad) death.
The coalition also stated that while it continues to mourn Mohbads death and demand justice for him, it is concerned that many cases of unlawful killings have not been resolved, citing a case Bamise Ayanwola, a young lady who was murdered after boarding the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) co-owned by the Lagos State Government and the Lagos State Bus Transport Company.
While we are aware that the next adjourned date of the prosecution of the bus driver, Andrew Nice Omikoron is 20th October, 2023, the Nigeria Police has not apprehended other suspects at large till date.
We are equally concerned about justice for Mubarak Sanyaolu, a 12-year-old boy who was murdered by police bullets and no police officer involved and who are still serving in the Meiran Division of the Nigerian Police Force has been arrested or prosecuted.
The coalition also scheduled Tuesday, October 3, for mass action to demand justice and an end to eviction and demolition in Oworoshoki community in Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State, alleging that the community has been under siege by a bestial monarch, Oloworo of Oworonsoki, ably supported by the Nigeria Police and friends in the Lagos State Government.
As we write, two community activists have been arrested and are being detained in the custody of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Annex, Alagbon, Lagos. We call for their immediate release.
We will be steamrolling a mass action to the Lagos State House of Assembly, which will continue its Public Hearing on the matter on the said date.